Norwich City vs Sheffield Wednesday Betting Preview – 19/04/2019

Norwich City vs Sheffield Wednesday Betting Preview – 19/04/2019

Norwich City vs Sheffield Wednesday

Carrow Road is set to host a meeting between league leaders Norwich City and Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night, with kick off set for 7:45pm in the Championship. The hosts sit four points clear of Leeds United after forty-two games played and are aiming to maintain the number one spot until next month, whereas Wednesday’s target is to finish as high as possible with promotion unlikely as they are five points from the final play-off place. When the pair last faced one another, it was Norwich who came out on top in a 0-4 thrashing.

Norwich City have been in solid form as they prepare for this clash, winning three of their last five games and drawing the other two. Following a 1-2 victory over Rotherham last month, they ended March with a tight 0-1 seeing off of Middlesbrough through a second half strike from Onel Hernandez. The Canaries began April with a bang as they demolished QPR by four goals to nil with Teemu Pukki, Emiliano Buendia and Marco Stiepermann getting amongst the goals in that one. However, Norwich have struggled to earn maximum points in their last two outings, playing out draws versus Reading, which finished 2-2, and more recently upon their trip to the DW Stadium, with the scoreline reading 1-1. Bet365 have Norwich to get back to winning ways in this encounter at ½.

Pukki has been phenomenal throughout this campaign, racking up a total of twenty-seven goals so far and supplying nine assists, which totals thirty-eight goal involvements in thirty-nine league games played. The forward has netted three times in his last three appearances, and Skybet have him to get on the scoresheet yet again at ⅘. Behind him on the scoring charts is Emiliano Buendia with eight to his name, and the 22-year-old Argentine midfielder leads the charts in terms of assists with an impressive eleven up to now, seconded by Pukki and Hernandez sits in third on seven.

Sheffield Wednesday’s form over the last few weeks has been inconsistent, winning twice, drawing once and losing on two occasions in their last five games in the Championship. After defeating Blackburn Rovers by four goals to two on home soil in the middle of last month, they then took home a point from the Bet365 Stadium as neither side could break the deadlock when they met Stoke City. Succeeding that result came a disheartening 1-3 loss at the hands of Aston Villa, despite taking an early lead through Gary Hooper. Three days later, Sheffield Wednesday beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 through a brace from Marco Matias and one from George Boyd, although in their most immediate fixture Leeds United earned all three points in a 1-0 loss for Steve Bruce’s team. Skybet have Wednesday to win this one priced at 5/1.

32-year-old Scotsman Steven Fletcher is the top-scorer at Sheffield Wednesday for this campaign, netting ten times, although none of those have come in his last three appearances. Skybet have odds of 14/5 for the striker to hit the net again during this matchup. Lucas Joao has nine for the season and is followed by Adam Reach with eight, however neither individual found the net in at least five matches. In terms of assists, it is Barry Bannan who sits atop the leaderboard with nine, two more than Reach and six clear of Joshua Onomah.

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